Mexico’s ambassador to Argentina resigned on Sunday (local time) citing health problems following new allegations of shoplifting after video from late October showed the diplomat attempting to steal a $10 book.
Ricardo Valero was recalled earlier this month by Mexico’s foreign ministry amid the fallout from the October 26 incident at a well-known Buenos Aires book store in which he can be seen on security camera footage taking the volume from a shelf and then hiding it inside the pages of a newspaper he tucked under his arm.
The book was reportedly a biography of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th century Italian writer, soldier, and spy mainly remembered as a charming adventurer.
The ministry accepted Valero’s resignation on Sunday, reports Reuters.
“Ricardo Valero is a great person, he’s undergoing neurological treatment and I wish him a speedy recovery,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard wrote in a post on Twitter.
The latest shoplifting allegation involves the theft of a shirt at a duty free shop at Buenos Aires’ international airport on December 10, according to Argentine media reports, just two days after he was recalled from his post.
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